Qwuyulush ‘u tl Swy-a-lana | Dance at Swy-a-lana
11:00am - 4:30pm | Maffeo Sutton Park
You are called to WITNESS Indigenous artists, from near and far, set to guide you on a timeless journey. Revel in a FEAST of shared song and dance from the Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth, Metís Nations. Snuneymuxw First Nation longhouses once stood amidst these festival grounds. Qwuyulush ‘u tl Swy a lana - Dance at Swy-a-lana is an invitation for all to listen to the stories of our ANCESTORS.
Guest curator, Tsatassaya White, Snuneymuxw First Nation Photo: Casey Storm Francis, Smokey Valley Drum & Dance group: This Coast Salish Family attend traditional long house ceremonies in the winter and follow the Pow Wow Trail in the summer.
Welcome to Festival
Opening Prayer, Snuneymuxw Elder
Welcome to Traditional Territory, Snuneymuxw First Nation Council
11:30am Tsinquaw Dance Group, Khowutzun Nation, Duncan
(* 12:00pm-12:30pm Close for Dragon Boat Festival Opening Ceremony)
12:45pm - 1:25pm V’ni Dansi, Métis, Vancouver
1:35pm Xwelmewx Shxwexwos:s (Salish Thunderbird), Musqueam Nation, Vancouver
2:05pm Dancing Spirit, Tseshaht Nation, Port Alberni
2:35pm Miss Christie Lee, Musqueam Nation, Vancouver
3:00pm Homiss, Hes qui aht Nation, Nuu-chah-nulth, Port Alberni
3:30pm Smokey Valley Drum & Dance Group, Musqueam Nation, Vancouver
4:00pm Homiss, Hes qui aht Nation, Nuu-chah-nulth, Port Alberni